Author:Estelle Nikles Van Osselt
Publisher:Five Continents Editions
Dimensions:10.4 x 1.4 x 13.6 in.
Format:Hardcover
Pages:336

Asia Imagined: In the Baur and Cartier Collections

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Stunning masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese art are presented alongside the glittering creations that they inspired from world-renowned jeweler Cartier. This lavishly illustrated book compares and contrasts Cartier’s Asian-influenced creations—diamond-studded pagodas and pavilions, shimmering phoenixes, jade dragons, and cherry blossoms rendered in colorful gems—alongside exotic objects from the Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art, in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, objects from China and Japan fascinated Westerners, captivating art lovers and influencing designers. Collector Alfred Baur (1865–1951) began assembling his unparalleled collection of Asian works and Paris jeweler Alfred Cartier (1841–1925) began designing Asian-themed jewels and precious objects. Here, side by side with Cartier’s precious creations, are imperial porcelains, lacquerware embellished with precious metals, embroidered silks, jades, colored enamels, netsuke, sword hilts, and prints, offering fresh insight into the marvels of China, of Japan, and of Cartier.

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